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The Specifications of a 2003 Toyota Matrix XRS

The Matrix XRS was Toyota’s sporty crossover.

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Toyota introduced the Matrix lineup in 2002 and aimed it squarely at the Gen-X and #8211;Y market. Toyota collaborated with Pontiac on the development of the Matrix, which also resulted in the release of the Pontiac Vibe. The Toyota Corolla provided the basic platform for the Matrix, but the Matrix bore little resemblance to its ancestor.

The Matrix XRS borrowed its engine and manual transmission from the Celica GT-S and was the equivalent of the Vibe GT.


A quick look at the specs sheets for the different Matrix trim levels might lead you to believe that they were all equipped with the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine, but that was not the case. The high-performance XRS model’s engine was actually had 0.12 cubic inches more displacement than the engine on the base and XR models — 109.6 cubic inches to 109.48 cubic inches.

The Yamaha-produced engine had an aluminum block and head, and was an inline four-cylinder with double overhead cams, variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder. Bore and stroke were 3.23 inches by 3.35 inches and the compression ratio was 11.5-to-1. It generated 180 horsepower at 7,600 rpm and 130 foot-pounds of torque at 6,800 rpm.

Though its output was relatively high, some critics bemoaned the fact that they needed to rev the engine to above 6,500 rpm to take advantage of its additional power. The front-wheel-drive Matrix XRS was available with a six-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.


Smaller than a Toyota Corolla but slightly bigger than the Ford Focus, which it sort of resembled, the Matrix XRS also was reminiscent of the Chrysler PT Cruiser. The slope of the roofline was one its most distinctive features. At the rear of the car the roof sloped down while the belt line sloped up, giving the rear windows a wedge shape. The Matrix XRS was 171.3 inches long with a wheelbase of 102.4 inches.

It was 69.9 inches wide and 61 inches high, and had a curb weight of 2,800 pounds.


On twisty back roads or in-town trips the Matrix XRS was a fun car to drive, but not so much on long trips. Handling was crisp, but below 5,000 rpm it didn#8217;t display any more responsiveness or power than other Matrix trim levels. The Matrix XRS went from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds and recorded a quarter-mile time of 15.7 seconds at 91.5 mph.

On a 200-foot skid pad it pulled 0.83 lateral g and took the 600-foot slalom at 65.7 mph. The Matrix XRS took 118 feet to brake from 60 to 0 mph. Models with the automatic transmission got 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway for a combined 25 mpg.

Manual transmission models got 22 mpg city and 28 highway for a combined rating of 24 mpg. The Matrix XRS did require premium fuel.

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